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If you want to get things accomplished or cross as many things off your to-do list as possible, your inclination may be to take the easy way out and try to whip through a bunch of easy things first. But in fact, you would probably accomplish more (and take a lot of stress off your mind) by taking the opposite approach.
This article suggests that the priority of a task should directly relate to the amount of stress it causes you by remaining undone. In other words, the higher the level of anxiety related to a task, the higher on your to-do list it should be. That’s because there’s a reason this task is producing so much anxiety, and the problem has only likely...Read More »
- The Downsides of Being Ultra-Connected [Psychology Today]
- 5 Ways to Have a Great Day at Work [Career Realism]
- Reminders for Anyone Feeling Overwhelmed [Lifehack]
- Network Better as an Introvert with a Socialization Quota [Lifehacker]
- Holiday Gifts That Will Impress Your Boss [US News]
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Many administrative professionals work for companies with a strong global presence. Yet even as technology and other advances make connecting with others around the world easier, Americans as a whole still often have problems with geography. We may hear on the news about a typhoon hitting The Philippines or the use of chemical weapons being suspected in Syria and have little clue as to where these places are located. Some employees are not even sure where their firm’s branch offices are found within the United States. (One poll even went so far as to discover that fewer than 50 percent of respondents could identify the states of New York and Ohio on a map.)
To increase knowledge and generate...Read More »
It’s not unusual for an administrative pro to work for more than one boss. Such an arrangement can help the company keep costs down, and many workers find the challenge exciting. Problems can arise, however, when the people in charge have conflicting priorities or ideas. Knowing what to do or whose instructions to follow may not be easy.
Admins who find themselves in this predicament may want to ask each manager to talk to the other and come to a consensus about how the workload should be handled. Request that whatever agreement they reach be written down. This action provides you with clear instructions as well as serves as a record in case either of them tries to alter the arrangement or usurp time.
Another option is for all parties to sit down together to map things...Read More »
- Would You Prefer a Male Boss? [CNN]
- 3 Signs It’s Time for a Career Change [Career Realism]
- 5 Ways to Control Stress and Do More [Lifehack]
- How to Recover After Being Fired [US News]
- Ways to Impress Your Boss from the First Day [Forbes]
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We know many of you are seeking a new (or better) job, so to help you uncover valuable opportunities, we'll be spotlighting a job of the week. This week, we’re featuring an opportunity for an HR assistant at SeaChange International, a large software company. Based in Acton, Massachusetts, this position involves providing important administrative support for the human resources department.
Specific duties include several tasks related to new employees, such as entering their information into various company systems, enrolling them in multiple benefits programs, and answering questions and inquiries related to payroll, benefits, leaves and other issues. Will also update and process changes related to current employees, and process termination of benefits and enrollment in...Read More »
At most workplaces, employees are expected to follow a chain of command. While some may gripe about the “pecking order,” the system actually possesses many advantages. Having someone to report to directly provides a central source for help and resources, and knowing who you need to answer to eliminates confusion about whose word to follow. Going to an immediate supervisor with a problem or concern will probably yield the best chance of someone listening since she is the most directly involved both with you and with the issue. The CEO may not even know your name, let alone care that your department’s copy machine is down for the fifth time this week.
Perhaps the main reason to follow the chain of command, however, is etiquette. Going above your boss’s head is usually seen as...Read More »
During these final two months of 2013, you may find yourself standing around the water cooler discussing a variety of holiday and end-of-the-year topics. While taking time to talk with colleagues can help solidify relationships and make the workday more enjoyable, remember that some subjects are better left untouched. Think twice before chiming in on the following:
Private holiday parties
“It's just not cool to talk about that cocktail party you're having, the one that only a few of your co-workers are invited to,” says Vicky Oliver, author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions. “If you're having a...Read More »
If you’ve been frustrated by your inability to move up the company ladder as quickly as you’d like (or for those who are currently unemployed, to find a good job), you may be tempted to consider going back to school to get a degree. And while that can certainly be a smart move from a professional standpoint for many people, it’s not always a clear-cut decision. The value you might get from a degree will depend on a variety of factors, such as your career goals, prior education and experience and the type of degree you pursue.
As this article notes, there may be smarter alternatives that could be more beneficial to your career path. For many...Read More »
- The Career Dilemma of When to Move On [LinkedIn]
- Should You Call in Sick to Work? [Jobacle]
- Job Search Behaviors to Avoid [Glass Door]
- Signs It’s Time to Leave a Stable Job [Career Realism]
- 10 Ways to Develop Good Communication [Lifehack]
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